Bill Maher on Why Democrats Suck At Politics: They Want to Regulate Everything

HBO host Bill Maher often gets under conservatives’ skin. He’s blunt, at times—crude, and unabashedly against religion. He mocks the GOP. He mocks conservative politics, but there are areas of agreement. He’s sick of the political correctness virus that’s infecting young progressives and college campuses.

He’s right about the threats posed by Islamic extremism and especially the political correctness that has infested that debate. Now, he’s set his sights on the Democratic Party itself and he was quite blunt in his assessment of the party that he supports: we suck. We suck and because we suck, we’re not winning elections.

He spoke eloquently about the over-regulation ethos that is the hallmark characteristic of liberalism. He mentioned the latest bill in Congress: the Hot Cars Act of 2017. Yes, it’s self-explanatory; it mandates that cars be equipped with a sensor that goes off if you leave your kid in a hot car. It’s common sense that’s now becoming a regulation. Maher added that over 17 million cars were sold in 2016; are we seriously going to force all of them to get this sensor installed?

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“The cost of which will be passed onto the consumer,” he said. “And should reminding you not to forget your baby really be Toyota’s problem?” he added. He tore into California’s regulatory state, specifically the sign in Los Angeles warning residents that chemicals were detected in the vicinity that could cause cancer.

Maher responded, “no s**t, we live in LA; it’s called air.” He commented upon Honolulu making it a crime to look at your phone while crossing the street.

Maher added when it comes to preventing child deaths, we’re never going to get that number to zero, even if we wrap every kid in bubble wrap. Where he starts to veer into his typical HBO Real Time-self is when he says that this all feeds into the GOP talking points about Democrats, regulation, government, and freedom.

He made quips about how we’re all pretty much in a hot car right now: it’s called Earth. He wants Democrats to do big stuff on regulation, like with the environment and firearms, but the Democrats go-to on regulation, like with this little stuff about hot cars, is how we get Scott Pruitt to head the EPA.

Now, of course, I, and the rest of the right-leaning America have zero problems with Mr. Pruitt, but Maher nails it: this busy bodying, hyper-progressive crap is how we got Donald Trump.

“It makes people hate us. It makes me hate us,” he said. It’s these sort of antics that allows conservatives to own freedom as an issue.

“People want to drain the swamp, not ban Big Gulps,” Maher added. “Yes, I understand you [Mr. or Mrs. Progressive] have 1,000 good ideas on how I should live my life, reject my privilege, and sort my recycling.  And we’ll get to that, but first, we need to get some Democrats elected and that’s hard when the movement to childproof the world had made Republicans the party of freedom and Democrats the party of poopers.”

Nothing will be done on firearms and global warming right now. And Maher is right that Democrats have a horrendous messaging problem and focusing on this stuff is making it harder for them to reconnect with voters, especially those who had backed Democrats before.

From the looks of it, it doesn’t seem that trend is going to end anytime soon. Maher is liberal. He’s not a friend of conservatives, but at least he’s honest about how he sees the forces of the political persuasion he aligns with are acting.

He knows Democrats suck and that Trump can and probably will at this point be re-elected in 2020. His fellow Democrats still think that they have a shot at 2018 and 2020. Not at this rate by any stretch of the imagination.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Regulate,Restrict,Ban that’s just about what the Dumb-O-Crats are about the Party of the Stupid jackass are More Goverment and Fewer Freedoms

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    Amber

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    l Maher is Still a cool aid drinker from the AL Gore Academy of Global Fever . Humans are going to regulate the earth’s temperature
    by trying to adjust a trace gas that is greening the planet and despite increase is doing next to nothing in changing the temperature which when going up is a very good thing .
    The Inconvenient Truth is the oh so scary global warming hoax is
    a massive fraud robbing the people who can least afford being held up .

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    Gerry

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    Bill Maher is a sanctimonious vulgar know-it-all. Well, not really a know-it-all since he bought-in to the BS Democrat party line on guns, global warming and banks.

    Like millions of American’s, I owned guns. Some for more than 40 years. Not one of them has killed, ever. People kill.

    Global warming is a Progressive ploy. Globalization is the goal. Come on, NOAA is feeding us CO2 level reading from their monitoring site at Mauna Loa. It’s an active volcano. NOAA’s CO2 dataset for the last 16 years?? is worthless!

    Banks? The Democrat donors list is a “who’s who” of Wall Street banks, financial institutions and funds. Hillary’s standard fee was $225,000, and she collected $21.6 million dollars in just under two years. Banks my A**. Ok. Maybe Bill forgot.

    Maher has been truthful though. In “Religulous” he said “I’m wrong about everything”. He also believes American’s are not just dumb or uneducated but “dumb and uneducated”. And Bill does want the democrat party to own our Freedom.

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    David Lewis

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    This article touches on one of basic differences between conservatives and liberals. Conservatives believe in letting people manage their own lives, within reason. This also applied to industry. This is by far the best. People should have freedom of choice and allowed to be innovative, can come up with some amazing things.

    Liberals believe everything should be managed by the government so they created endless regulations. This denies freedom and is very inefficient. My parents’ best friends owned a Mom and Pop carpet store and often complained about the heavy burden of all of the regulations.

    More recently we have seen the raise of the self appointment liberal elite. They believe that most people are not capable of making decisions for themselves and by the elitists control of government they should decide issues for everyone else.

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      David Lewis

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      I need to add how this is very significant for the climate change issue. Implementing the climate change agenda calls for strict control over many aspects of our lives and even more so for industry. This implements a goal that liberals have anyway. This is one of the hidden goals of the climate change movement and these hidden agenda are what keeps it going despite the science having been discredited.

      Back to the general topic of regulations, here are a couple.

      In the United States it is illegal for a realtor to tell prospective home buyers how good, or bad, the school district is that the kids would be going to.

      In the European Union, a law passed that applies to all countries mandates exactly where farmer must place their compost piles. If the compost pile had been else where they had to be moved, even if the old location was hundreds of years old.

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